One of the concepts common to both rowing and Crossfit is consistent measurement.
I have become a fan of measuring peak power output as a way of correlating strength gains from Crossfit training to specific rowing performance. This is in line with some of Ed McNeely’s protocols for you sports physiologists out there.
I try to do a full peak power protocol quarterly. The last was the week before the Head of the Charles when I peaked at 681 watts.
I am happy to report that peak power gains have not plateaued at all, and while I lost the detailed record due to a logcard error on the C2, last week I peaked at 770 watts, and was able to hit the 720-730 range with some consistency. This is good for my age and size.
It will be interesting to see how long the trend of +- 100 watts per quarter can continue, or if the trend will actually reverse a little once I’m back on the water.
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